Pumpkin P A T H F I N D E R S
W For some people, a pumpkin is a nostalgic reminder
of spooky Halloweens spent carving, dressing up and trick-or-treating with friends. For others, it’s the perfect addition to Mum’s delicious Sunday night roast. For Pathfinders, a pumpkin is so much more.
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hat is the Pumpkin animal husbandry, beef cattle production, Run? fencing, welding and building construction. For the past Who benefits from the Pathfinders three years, the Pumpkin Run? Pathfinders Pumpkin Everyone! The beauty of the Pathfinders Run has travelled to Pumpkin Run is that it not only helps those Sydney to deliver tonnes of pumpkins to those receiving the pumpkins and meals, but it also in need. This year, the non-profit is gearing up helps our at-risk youth and volunteers who are to do it again. delivering the produce and practicing The Pathfinders Pumpkin their generosity. Run is a multi-day event The event engages the where Pathfinders youth to give back to the ges The event enga staff, at-risk young local, broader community the youth to people, volunteers by donating the local, give back to the and partnering harvested produce to by ity broader commun ted organisations travel nursing homes, soup es rv ha donating the g from Armidale to kitchens and Meals on in rs nu to produce ns he tc Sydney, stopping in Wheels. Despite being ki up so , homes heels.” W different cities and at-risk themselves, the on ls ea M d an towns along the way, to Pathfinders young people cook pumpkin soup and get the opportunity to travel deliver hearty vegetables to to Sydney and help homeless those in need. youth by delivering pumpkins and The idea hatched from the desire prepping hot meals for those in need. to use the crops produced at Tilbuster Members of the communities we stop in Station by our young people from benefit by getting nutritious, free meals and a Pathfinders youth refuge and Out-of-Home chance to gather and converse with others to Care program to help others in the community. build a sense of belonging. The working farm is utilised as a venue for Why pumpkins? our at-risk youth to participate in a range Our young people grow various crops and of agricultural, horticultural and trade skills produce at Tilbuster Station, from pumpkins programs crop and vegetable production, to potatoes and corn. In the past, we’ve taken
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